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Frittata Muffins /share post from – Simple and Healthy Foods

I don’t know about you, but I am always looking for quick, easy, and healthy breakfast recipes that can be prepared ahead of time for the busy work week. Well, I just found a delicious one from Health.com! It uses a sautéed mixture of onion, mushrooms, and red bell peppers with chopped parsley and basil; […]

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Low Carb Cajun Shrimp and Grits

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Cajun Flavors are in the House! This Creole version of a Southern favorite. Shrimp and Grits.

One of the first things about Shrimp and Grits is the fact that Grits are High in Carbs, So to make this dish  Low Carb Friendly we need to fix that.

So for the Grits, YES, we are going to use Cauliflower. This is only a two serving recipe so you will only need about half the Cauliflower about 8 florets.

Grits:

Ingredients

8 Cauliflower florets (you can use frozen, just  make sure they are not wet when you blend).

3/4 cup Chicken broth

1/4 cup chopped green onion

2 tsp fresh ground pepper

1/2 Cup Cheese if desired (Cheddar, Pepper jack or white Cheddar)

NOTE: no salt I discovered with the spices of the shrimp mixture salt is too much.

Lets get started preparing the Grits.

first cut and wash Florets.

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Next lets blend. (I’m using my Mini blender, you can use food processor if you like ).

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Chop until you get around 2 Cups.

Pour Grits in a small pot. Get your Chicken broth measured and add rest of the ingredients to the Grits

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Stir and put on Med. Heat to reduce (this may take 20 min. Well worth the wait!)

When the Grits start to reduce, lets start our Shrimp!

Shrimp:

Ingredients

12 Large Raw Shrimp (deveined and Peeled)

2 pieces of Bacon Chopped

1 cup of Andouille Sausage (more if you like 🙂 )

1/3 cup chopped sweet onion

1 cup Heavy Cream or Half &Half 

2 tablespoons REAL Butter

1/4 Cup Dry white wine or Chicken broth

1 teaspoon thyme ( I screwed up and put in a tablespoon DONT DO THAT!)

1 teaspoon of Creole Seasoning (any kind) put in 2 teaspoons for a spicier flavor.

1 tablespoon Extra Virgin

1/2 Table spoon of Garlic minced.

Now lets start!

Heat a skillet on Med. High and add your Olive oil, next add your chopped Bacon and slightly brown.

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( I know that’s too much olive oil, my pour spout was off 😦  )

Cook until Med. Slightly brown and add onion, garlic and Sausage.

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Continue cooking until Sausage starts to get a slight brown . Then add Shrimp.

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Cook until Shrimp is Slightly pink, this want take long so DONT LEAVE!

Add Spices: Thyme and Creole

Stir in well!

Next lets deglaze the pan with 1/4 cup of Dry White Wine (or Chicken broth is fine).

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Let reduce that for a min or two.

Now lets get our Grits off the burner they should be done and add 1/2 cup cheese, you can omit the cheese if you like, I just like the cheese 🙂    I’m using Cheddar here but Pepper Jack gives it an extra KICK!

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Set Grits aside with lid on, and let get back to our shrimp that has been reducing with the wine. Add Cream.

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Stir on med. high to start a reduction, this will not take long, add your pad of Butter and Stir, do not leave butter just sitting it will cause a butter river on top, you want it to reduce with the cream and the flavors’ so Stir gently while reducing. 2 to 3 min and your done!

WALLA! your done, lets plate. Scoop out your Grits then strain Shrimp and Sausage from Sauce the spoon over the desired amount of the Sauce mixture you desire.

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           See you Soon 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

Low Carb Sweet Potato Casserole

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Fall is Coming, even here in the South we can feel a change in the air. Its actually raining and quite humid out there, but you can tell. One of my favorite fall desserts is Sweet Potato casserole, even as a side dish during the fall Holidays this is one of my favorites. I had to do a little research to get this Fall Favorite to fit into my new way of Loving My Food. I believe I’ve accomplished just that. I hope you guys will enjoy this Wonderful little Dessert/ Side Dish. Please keep in mind this is NOT Induction friendly if your on Atkins or just starting out to Loose Weight. Please limit to Portion size of about 1/2 cup. I hope you guys will enjoy this Wonderful little Dessert/ Side Dish.  🙂

What you’ll need

4 Cup Peeled, Diced and Boiled Sweet Potatos

2 Tablespoons Sugar Substitute

1 Teaspoon Cinnamon

1/2 Teaspoon Nutmeg

1/2 Teaspoon Salt

2 Tablespoon Imitation Maple Flavoring

3 Tablespoons Coconut Oil

4 Tablespoons Real Butter Unsalted

1/4 Cup Almond Milk Unsweetened

The Crumble Topping

1 Cup Chopped Pecans or Walnuts

2 Tablespoons Imitation Maple Flavoring

 3 Tablespoons Almond Flour

3 Tablespoons Melted Real Butter Unsalted

 

OK! Lets Get Started!

First lets Peel and Dice our Sweet Potatoes and get them Boiling.

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Once these are Diced, rinse well and Boil in water until Fork Tender. 

While that is cooking, preheat oven to 350. 

Lets Get the Topping Started.

Blend your Pecans to Crumble stage. Place in Small bowl the Add Almond Flour, Add Imitation Flavoring to soften butter and pour over mixture and mix well. And just set aside until the end.

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Next lets Drain those Fork Tender Sweet Potato Cubes. Then Place in Mixing bowl and Mix.

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Mix half way then add your ingredients one by one and keep mixing, until mixture is mixed very well! 

Ready your Pan!

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Pour Ingredients in your Prepared Pan and Add your topping.

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Place in Oven and Cook for about 30 minutes.

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Let Cool and Enjoy! 

I love this dish Warm or Cold. I sometimes leave it in the fridge overnight and slice into bar size, the perfect portion.

Have a Great One!!   Hugs Too All!!!

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Make-Ahead Sausage Breakfast Cups

I love when I come across some Wonderful Recipes that I can share, here is one of those Recipes. You Guys Enjoy, This is REALLY good! A Big Thanks to NourishedPeach.com

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So school is upon us, friends.  Tis the season for structure, routine and, around here, super quick breakfasts.  

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Why LCHF?

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After all the Diets and Weight Loss programs I have tried, and failed. Not from not loosing weight, but failed as to not seeing the full effects of Better Health and Feeling of Success in weight loss. All ended in Gaining back All or Part of my weight back and giving up.

But Do to the Health issues I had, I needed to find something that was RIGHT, so what was it. I researched Low Carb and from all the testimonials I’ve read and the results I have heard from the Low Carb lifestyle, I thought I would give this one a fare chance as well.

As I have told you before in previous Post, I was in poor Health, But the big picture was much worse than previously described. Symptoms:

*Fatigue

*Muscle Aches

*Female issues (Hormonal, and Fibroid s)

*Arthritis

*High Blood Pressure

*Pre-Diabetic

*Not sleeping through the night

*Severe Acid Re-flux

 

Going to the Doctor I was diagnosed with Onset  of diabetes, Fibromyalgia, beginning of Rheumatoid Arthritis, One Doctor even told me I may have Lupus. Lupus, OMG I was falling apart. The list goes on and on, not to mention they tested my Thyroid every time I had an issue. So I tried to take the medication I ws prescibed, tried to do what I was told and still No Relief. 

That being said, I decided to just take one step at a time and start with helping the Pre Diabetes to STOP. So I took it upon myself to change my eating, Low Carb. I had no Idea, that after starting this program in May of this year that I would be were I am now. Today, I have No symptoms of any of the above problems. I do still take my Blood Pressure medications, that my friends is alot better as well. hopefully in a few more months I can resolve that as well. 

I really believe being a YO YO dieter is the cause of alot of my formal Health issues with my Metabolism. This lead me to research Metabolic Syndrome.

Metabolic Syndrome

Many people do not realize that they are insulin deficient and may have Metabolic Syndrome, changing your diet and sticking to it may change everything, What is Metabolic Syndrome, well the definition is simple:

Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions — increased blood pressure, a high blood sugar level, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels — that occur together, increasing your risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

Having just one of these conditions doesn’t mean you have metabolic syndrome. However, any of these conditions increase your risk of serious disease. If more than one of these conditions occur in combination, your risk is even greater.

If you have metabolic syndrome or any of the components of metabolic syndrome, aggressive lifestyle changes can delay or even prevent the development of serious health problems.

For ME, it was the High Blood Pressure, Pre diabetes and weight around my middle. The weight around my middle would Never decrease when I lost weight with other diet programs, I chalked it up to the fact I did not exercise enough, so adding exercise it was still there. So I gave myself the excuse of being over 40 was the culprit. Little did I know it was the way my body was now taking all the Carbs I was eating and turning them into Unhealthy Fat. 

So whats going on now with my waistline and my weight, well. I’m not loosing Muscle but I am loosing the Fat around my middle, example, well when I first started my Wii (love my Wii Fit) said my BMI was 29.4 that was back in May. Today its the 3rd. of September and my Happy little Wii Helper said my BMI is now 24.1 ,A healthy BMI for a person of my size is 22. So guys, I think this is good. I’m 11 lbs away from my goal and 2 away from Healthy BMI.

It may not happen overnight, But it will happen, just the simple, easy way of just changing what you Eat.

So Why LCHF, Why Not!

Low Carb Grilled Bacon Cheese Sandwich

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OH YES! This is a Wonderful quick, easy recipe and so tasty. With this Simple Bread, Bun recipe you can use for the Grilled Cheese or Hamburger or Even a Toasted Reuben YUMMM!

Here we go Hope you guys enjoy!

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What you’ll Need

2 Eggs

2 Tablespoons of Water

2 Tablespoons Coconut Flour

1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder

Microwave safe dish, (I used a plastic rubber made sandwich container, worked really well!)

For your Grilled Sandwich

1  1/2 Tablespoons Butter (I used Unsalted, But you don’t have too)

Cheese, Bacon or anything you want to Grill.

Here’s What We Do

In a small mixing bowl add Eggs and Water then Whisk well.

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When you mix the Eggs add other ingredients  (Coconut powder and Baking Powder).

When Ingredients are mixed well with Whisk pour into your Microwave container.

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Place into Microwave for approximately 2 minutes.

Next place cooling paper or board down and flip container upside down and flip hot bread onto paper or board to COOL.

(should come out really easy).

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LET COOL until you can place hand ontop ! Then Slice in half.

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Next ADD Butter to pan on Med high and melt slightly DO NOT BURN BUTTER before adding Bread.

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Add Bread, Cheese and Bacon.

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LETS GRILL!!

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NOW LETS EAT!!

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Hope you guys enjoy, Take care and have a GREAT Day.

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Low Carb LCHF Cream Cheese Pound Cake

I am Re-Blogging this Wonderful Recipe from FITTOSERVEGROUP this is the BEST Cake I have found. Please enjoy and Serve with Low Carb Topping just like a Pound Cake. ENJOY I know I did!!

Sometimes you just want something buttery rich and I was wanting a pound cake. Back when I used to bake with regular flours I made a mean cream cheese pound cake. I remember distinctly the day my brother- in- law, Paul almost ate that entire cake. Well, I wanted to create that same rich flavor but low carb of course. I wanted my cake and to be able to eat it too!

I am very pleased with the results of this recipe. Enjoy and skip the carbs!

1 ¼ c almond flour

¾ c of swerve or other sugar substitute

1 tsp baking powder

¼ tsp of salt

4 eggs

3 ½ oz cream cheese

4 tbs softened butter

1 tsp of vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

In a mixing bowl mix with an electric mixer on high beat the butter with the sugar substitute until well mixed then add the cream…

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